Guns and Rubles: The Defense Industry in the Stalinist State by Mark Harrison

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By Mark Harrison

For this ebook a distinct group of economists and historians—R. W. Davies, Paul R. Gregory, Andrei Markevich, Mikhail Mukhin, Andrei Sokolov, and Mark Harrison—scoured previously closed Soviet data to find how Stalin used rubles to make weapons. concentrating on numerous features of the safeguard undefined, a top-secret department of the Soviet financial system, the volume’s participants discover new info at the internal workings of Stalin’s dictatorship, army and financial making plans, and the commercial association of the Soviet economy. Previously unknown information about Stalin’s command approach come to mild, as do attention-grabbing insights into the relatives among Soviet private and non-private pursuits. The authors convey that safety used to be on the middle of Stalin’s process of rule; single-minded administration of the security area helped him preserve his grip on energy.

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Virtually all the victims of the major show trials held in Moscow between 1936 and 1938 were charged with acting in collaboration with or at the direction of foreign governments or intelligence services. The defendants implicated in the ‘‘Trotskyite-Zinovievite Terrorist Center’’ at the Kamenev-Zinov’ev trial (August 19–24, 1936) were alleged to have had contacts with the German Gestapo. The former oppositionists accused of involvement in the ‘‘Parallel Center’’ at the Piatakov trial (January 23–30, 1937) were accused of espionage and of trying to provoke a war in which Germany and Japan would defeat the Soviet Union.

2003: 335). Reacting on August 23 to testimony that Kamenev had sounded out the French ambassador concerning the French attitude to a future Soviet government of the opposition leaders, Stalin wrote to the Politburo: ‘‘I think Kamenev also sounded out the British, German, and American ambassadors. This means that Kamenev must have disclosed to those foreigners the plans for the conspiracy and assassinations of the [communist party] leaders. . This is an attempt by Kamenev and his friends to form an outright bloc with the bourgeois governments against the Soviet government’’ (Davies, Khlevniuk, et al.

Alleged links with foreign influences in these years were not confined to political troublemakers. Foreign connections were strongly featured in the Shakhty affair of 1928 (Carr and Davies 1969: 621–27), which inaugurated a new relationship between the Bolsheviks and professional workers. In a trial that lasted from May 19 to July 5, 1928, fifty-five mining engineers from the Shakhty district of the Donets coalfield, including three Germans, were accused of economic sabotage in the interests of former shareholders now in France; links were also alleged with German industrial interests and Polish intelligence.

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